Paint the town red on short breaks to Glasgow and enjoy lunches in Art Deco cafés and live gigs in “spit and sawdust” pubs. This lively city offers no end of fantastic experiences, from shopping, dining and dancing, to touring world-class museums.
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Red-paved George Square with its grand Victorian City Chambers pinpoints Glasgow's centre on the north bank of the glistening River Clyde. From here it's an easy amble through the grid of streets to the parades of bars and shops on bustling High Street and Sauchiehall Street. This all blends east into super-swanky Merchant City with its posh gastro-pub terraces and dinky boutiques. In the chilled-out West End, the rolling Kelvingrove Park is a green hangout for open-air gigs and picnics.
It's easy to get into Glasgow from Glasgow Airport (GLA). Hop in a taxi or local bus at the terminal to make the one-mile trip to Paisley Gilmour Street station. It's then just 11 minutes by fast train to Glasgow Central. Alternatively, take a taxi for the entire 20-minute journey or arrange to hire a car in Glasgow - you can collect your vehicle at the airport and use it to get around. If you don't plan to hire a car you can use public transport to get around on weekend breaks in Glasgow. The circular Glasgow Subway rattles below the city on both sides of the River Clyde, or wave down a First bus service to zip around central Glasgow and the suburbs.
Glasgow's second airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, is a 40-minute journey south of the city, though there are also plenty of good transport options if you land here.
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Find out what you can expect of the weather during city breaks in Glasgow...
Short breaks in Glasgow are popular at any time as the city enjoys a mild climate, and there's always something on that lures visitors (see events below). The spring and autumn months are quite similar, with mild average daytime temperatures of around 10C and some sunny days. Summer days can be warm, though rain and cool days are common. Winters are cold and temperatures fall below freezing on occasions.
Of course this is Scotland so you must expect the unexpected. Rain jackets will be just as valuable as sunscreen during summer, while wearing multiple layers in winter means you can easily strip down if the days remain mild.
Add a little extra zing to Glasgow weekend breaks when you attend any of these annual events...
Celtic Connections; January-February: Anyone with even an ounce of Scottish bloods swells with pride during this annual event, which delves into the roots of national music. Join the ceilidhs, attend concerts and even learn how to play some of the country's traditional musical instruments.
Merchant City Festival; July-August: Thousands of visitors descend on the Merchant City area of Glasgow to hear live music, laugh at comedy, watch films, tuck into tasty bites and a whole lot more besides. This feast for the senses runs for four days every summer.
The World Pipe Band Championships; August: This competition has been running for decades and thousands of competitors show no signs of running out of puff. They come from around the world to compete for the coveted title. As well as piping and drumming, there's dancing, plus plenty of family activities around Glasgow Green.
Prepare to be surprised and delighted by Glasgow. Though it's lacking in iconic monuments, there's plenty to see and do...
Families: You can travel back to the future with the kids at the wacky Glasgow Science Centre. Go on a 3D space safari in the Planetarium and meet the CBeebies science characters Nina and the Neurons on a voyage of discovery.
Romance: The armadillo-shaped Clyde Auditorium glows on the banks of the River Clyde at night. Bring your date here for a smoochy evening in front of uplifting musicals like Mamma Mia! or a crooning pop act.
Free & cheap: Explore the galleries in the fairy-tale, Baroque Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Glasgow city breaks. The bright, glass-roofed West Court fascinates visitors with its shiny, dangling Spitfire plane and a giant preserved elephant called Sir Roger.
Shopping: There's everything under one roof at the glitzy Buchanan Galleries shopping centre, from sparkling Swarovski to trendy Lipsy fashions. Complete your Glasgow makeover with manicures in Express Nails and bargain fragrances from the perfumeries.
Active types: Lace up your walking shoes for a Highland fling in the woodland and gardens of Pollok Country Park. You can meet pedigree woolly cattle and pat burly Clydesdale horses on your trek around the stately grounds.